Report: Philly will be home to the 2019 Overwatch League finals - Technical.ly Philly

Business

May 6, 2019 12:20 pm

Report: Philly will be home to the 2019 Overwatch League finals

Citing league sources, ESPN reports the likely venue for the September event will be Comcast Spectacor's Wells Fargo Center.

Could the Philadelphia Fusion have home field advantage?

(Courtesy photo)

Philadelphia will be the home to the 2019 Overwatch League finals happening Sept. 29, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Citing league sources, esports analyst Rod Breslau said Activision Blizzard had decided on Philly as a site for the finals, with the Wells Fargo Center — operated by Philadelphia Fusion owner Comcast Spectacor — as the likely venue for the event.

From the report:

One source close to the league speculated Philadelphia was the choice because of Comcast Spectacor’s investment in the future arena, the heavily reduced costs of using a venue owned by an Activision Blizzard team partner and the easier logistics of hosting the finals in the U.S. than an international city.

In March, the Comcast division and real estate firm The Cordish Companies announced Fusion Arena, a $50 million project in South Philly slated to open its doors in 2021. The 3,500-seat arena, located near Xfinity Live! in the Philadelphia Sports Complex, would be the first purpose-built esports venue in the country upon completion.

Comcast Spectator declined to confirm or comment further on the report. An email sent to Activision Blizzard was not immediately responded.

If confirmed, the news would provide the Philadelphia Fusion with an incentive to get to the finals: the possibility of enjoying home field advantage.

-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

On The Market: Arcadia University is hiring four (!) esports coaches

Meet the brains behind Philly’s leading team in esports

N3rd Street Gamers to open an esports hub in California

SPONSORED

Philly

This apprenticeship program is opening the door for candidates with nontraditional backgrounds

Center City

Inspire

Product Manager – Sales Tools

Apply Now
Center City

Inspire

Member Experience Specialist

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Perpay

Frontend Engineer

Apply Now

South Philly will be home to the first ground-up, purpose-built esports arena in the country

N3rd Street Gamers partners with Overwatch publisher for national amateurs’ tournament

Gaming gone global: Comcast Spectacor, Korean telecom giant enter esports joint venture

SPONSORED

Philly

How AI can help humans, not replace them

Ambler, PA

IntegriChain

Data Engineer

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Linode

Product Marketing Manager

Apply Now
Blue Bell, PA

Pinnacle 21

Senior Software Engineers

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!